On Monday, the king's skeleton lay in a glass box in a meeting room within the university library. It was a browned, fragile-looking thing, its skull pocked with injuries, missing its feet -- which scientists say were disturbed sometime after burial -- and with a pronounced s-shape to the spine.
Appleby said the 10 injuries to the body were inflicted by weapons such as swords, daggers and halberds and were consistent with accounts of Richard being struck down in battle -- his helmet knocked from his head -- before his body was stripped naked and flung over the back of a horse in disgrace.
Appleby said two of the blows to the head could have been fatal. Other scars, including a knife wound to the buttock, bore the hallmarks of "humiliation injuries" inflicted after death.
He ruled England between 1483 and 1485, during the decades-long battle over the throne known as the Wars of the Roses, which pitted two wings of the ruling Plantagenet dynasty -- York and Lancaster -- against one another.
King Richard ruled after his brother, King Edward. This is the King that Shakespeare immortalized in his work as a true villain, but there are other views of King Richard, and the victor (Henry Tudor--who hated Richard) wrote the history books...
The story is fascinating. There have been many quality historical fiction books about this time period, but the one I thought was one of the best that concentrated on King Richard was The Sunne In Splendor, by Sharon Kay Penman. She is a brilliant author and you believe you are experiencing the time period through her work. The stories are not lily white - that is for SURE. The time was a time of scandal and intrigue and this story reflects that.
We will never really know the truth about King Richard, but it is pretty marvelous to have found him.